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Last night, when I found my brand new Nokia 6230i on the doorstep, I did a little dance of joy. I was so excited at having such a shiny new mobile that can do almost anything except make coffee, but that feeling didn't last long. When I opened the package, I found that a 10cm phone is actually quite small. Worse, I found I had to assemble it first, and the instruction manual, being entirely written in French for no reason that I can discern, proved little help on that point. So I struggled with it for some hours, but being nervous as well as ham-fisted, I had to leave it after fitting in the SIM-card.

So I took it to work with me this morning, and after fruitlessly fiddling with it some more, one of my younger co-workers helpfully took it off me and within the space of 10 seconds, fitted it with its memory card, battery and back cover. It now looks like a phone, but it doesn't work like one.

The accompanying letter told me that the PIN-code was set to its factory default, and after giving it it in to change it to something else. This seemed pretty straightforward; I switched it on, and it told me told give in the PIN. I typed in the factory default, and it briefly lit up with the message EMERGENCY CALL NUMBERS ONLY!...then went back to asking for its PIN again. After 3 tries, it was blocked, and it was then that I found out that nowhere in the instruction manual, the accompanying letter or anywhere on the box did it mention its PUK-code to unblock it.

So here we are. I have a mobile phone, and I cannot do anything with it. Useless piece of crap.

Comments

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enigmaticblues
Feb. 16th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Suck. Is there a shop somewhere you can take it to? Typically, we get our phones activated at a store that deals with the cell phone service provider.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Good idea! I rang the helpdesk but they were no help whatsoever, and now I'm suited and booted ready to go and look for help from a real person who can't fail to take pity on me when they witness my distress ;-).
anonypooh
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
eww sounds a big pile of pain.

Myspace is being a usual piece of crap for you I gather? Maybe I should just phone you ... on your landline!! ;)
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
Not half! I wish I'd never bothered with it in the first place.

I noticed you'd sent a message to my MySpace. What plots do we need to hatch so urgently?
anonypooh
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
SP + OKGO!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
lol I'm doing anonymous spam! ... I've just realised ... will try to phone Lisa later, she if she's about :) I was very naughty last night checking out a fair few recommended NY eateries and hangouts online. I trust you have lots suggestions/wants and needs for this big beautiful city too ...don't let me get out of control (and fat!) - it's both our holidays! Hee mmm yum.

ANONYpooh. Ah the old days.

Time to get doing. stuff. byeee x
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I love it that you're so full of plans and organisational inspiration. I'm still waiting for that holiday feeling to take me over...perhaps I will look into things to see and do in NYC. After I can get this blasted phon eto work, that is.

(have gote the PUK-code off the Vodafone helpdesk person, but have lost the configuration mail they sent to my phone because I didn't know which was the OK and which the Delete button).
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, how could I forget? I'll be here tonight!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
your im is broken still?
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, still broken. Maybe I can reinstall it?
kathy1975
Feb. 17th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh dear...I need a new phone too and don't even manage to properly use my old one *lol*

Hope you and your phone will be friends soon! Sometimes it takes a little while and then all is good :)
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sure my phone and I will learn to get along over the next few weeks. Besides, what do I need all those fancy add-ons for? As long as it allows me to ring people, I'll be quite happy with it.
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